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 Boats as fire reservoirs? 
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Post Boats as fire reservoirs?
Can anyone settle a debate I got into with someone recently?
Somewhere, at some point, I read about the use of one of the ship's boats as a fire reservoir in battle -- it was left on deck & filled with water. Now, I know they generally put the boats out to tow astern, & I have got to the point of having read so much that these little bits stick in my mind with no reference as to where I read them, which can be rather annoying... I must have read it somewhere, but the person I was discussing it with made some very obvious points against this practice (the ship has a pump; if the boat got hit it would make a mess), as well as commenting that filling the boat with water might damage it because the pressure would all be on the wrong side of the timbers.
Now I'm wondering why I had this idea, & where I might have read it. Can any of you tell me if this was ever really done?

Alison on land is DRY :(

Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:54 am
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Post Re: Boats as fire reservoirs?
Interesting. I can't recall coming across water being stored. Animals, yes.

Perhaps it will ring a bell with someone else?

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Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:12 am
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Post Re: Boats as fire reservoirs?
I have heard of this being done in more recent times (e.g. WW1) before going into action but I cannot recall an example from the Age of Sail.

Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:17 pm
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